Catholic view of marriage leads to suspension – at Catholic school!

first_imgFamily Research Council 19 March 2015Is it possible to be too Catholic to teach at Catholic school? New Jersey’s Immaculata High School thinks so. In a story that would be shocking even for a public school, Immaculata suspended a long-time teacher for defending what its own church espouses about marriage! Patricia Jannuzzi didn’t make the comments in class — or even during school time. But when she used her personal Facebook to express her personal views, the attack quickly turned personal too.Like Dr. Ben Carson (and science!), Patricia believes homosexual behavior is a choice. So when the popular Republican came under fire for saying as much, Jannuzzi backed him up in a post. “They (advocates of same-sex marriage),” she wrote, “want to reengineer western civ into a slow extinction. We need healthy families with a mother and a father for the sake of the children and humanity!” Furious that Dan Savage lived up to his name with another disgusting tweet, Patricia shared an article about his rant (so vile we can’t repeat it) against Carson.Somehow, the openly gay nephew of actress Susan Sarandon (who attended Immaculate) saw her post and wrote a letter to the school. Before long, his outrage was picked up by his famous aunt and tweeted all across the Internet. Almost immediately, the teacher was hauled into the office and ordered to disable her Facebook page, because her views were “completely inconsistent with our policy and position as a Catholic Christian community.”That’s interesting, since Jannuzzi’s beliefs are the same as Pope Francis’s himself! “The family,” he has said, “based on the marriage of a man and a woman . . . is not a simple social convention, but rather the fundamental cell of every society.” If she could be fired for agreeing with the Pope at a Catholic school, then these are scary times indeed. To placate Hollywood, Immaculata put Patricia on administrative leave, explaining that “We will do everything we can in this trying time to make clear that the philosophy of Immaculata High School is one of inclusion rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ.”Unfortunately for Principal Jean Kline — and anyone under the same illusion — Jesus’s teachings were anything but inclusive. He didn’t say, “I am one way, one truth, one life.” He said, “I am the way, the truth, the life.” No one, he insisted, comes to the Father, but by me. That “truth,” revealed in Scripture, teaches that sexuality belongs in the confines of man-woman marriage.http://www.frc.org/updatearticle/20150319/nj-school-chalklast_img read more

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Kiwi youth watching more sexual violence than ever, Classification Office report reveals

first_imgNZ Herald 4 July 2017Family First Comment: Time for an Inquiry in to the health and societal harms of pornography! Kiwi youth are watching more sexual violence than ever before – and they’re learning from it.A new report released today revealed what youth are watching was shaping their attitudes towards sex, relationships and sexual violence.Chief Censor David Shanks said the research’s cohort of 48 young people described this reality as a “new normal” where virtually any content was available on their devices.The youth, aged 13-18, were from a wide cross-section of backgrounds and included young survivors of sexual abuse and LGBTI young people.The report found age restrictions were seen as more of a guide than actually being restrictive and there was not a great deal of parental engagement or supervision.“My parents let me watch anything but say that it’s me who has to suffer the consequences afterwards,” one young female participant said.“It is commonplace for them to view sexual violence in films and series, access porn, or see troubling content on social media,” Shanks said in the report.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=11885894&ref=twitterKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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DDA Launches Video Series on Pandemics featuring Dr. Lennox Honychurch

first_img Sharing is caring! EducationEntertainmentLifestyleLocalNews DDA Launches Video Series on Pandemics featuring Dr. Lennox Honychurch by: – April 10, 2020 Share Discover Dominica Authority releases a four-part series on how the island has dealt with pandemics in the past.The series features the extensive historical knowledge of renown historian, Dr. Lennox Honychurch.  The release of this series is intended to provide a different perspective on how the people of Dominica have handled pandemics in the past.The first episode will focus on the arrival of the Europeans, their place in spreading diseases, the practices of the indigenous Kalinago, the first inhabitants of the island and their actions in response to the new situation.  Episode two speaks to the introduction of new diseases to Dominica and the role of the formerly enslaved people.   The efforts of Dominica’s medical stalwarts will be featured in the penultimate episode of this series.  Exploring how the actions taken by our country and ancestors in addressing health situations in the past are relevant to us today in the war against the COVID-19 pandemic.  The role of these medical pioneers in helping the population cope through previous pandemics and illnesses will be highlighted. The final episode will emphasize the island’s relationship with neighbouring islands and will include Christopher Columbus’ rediscovery of the island.Director of Tourism, Mr. Colin Piper says “DDA is always looking to increase awareness of the destination and keep it top of mind, and one way to do so is to inform and educate on our culture and heritage. While most know Dominica for its nature; culture, heritage and wellness abound as well.  We are thrilled to be working with Dr. Honychurch who has selflessly agreed to impart some of his knowledge about the history of Dominica and the courage of our people in this series.”The first video was released on our Discover Dominica Facebook page on April 9, 2020.  The videos will reside on Discover Dominica’s YouTube page as well.  Viewers are asked to like, share and provide feedback on the videos as well as other topics they would like featured.Find the video here For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.DiscoverDominica.com, follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.###About Dominica: Dominica (pronounced Dom-in-EEK-a, and not to be confused with the Dominican Republic) is a haven for adventure travelers seeking a unique vacation that includes: hiking and adventure, cultural events/festivals, diving and water sports, whale/dolphin watching and canyoning adventures. Dominica lies south of Guadeloupe and north of Martinique in the Eastern Caribbean. Air travelers can connect to Dominica on Air Antilles, Air Sunshine, Coastal Air Transport, LIAT, Seaborne Airlines, or WINAIR from the surrounding hubs of Antigua, Barbados, Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  If travelling by sea, travelers can connect to Dominica on L’Express Des Iles ferry service from Guadeloupe, Martinique, and St. Lucia and on Valferry from Guadeloupe and Martinique. 321 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

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I-96 Friday the 13th special will be lucky for IMCA Modified winner

first_imgLAKE ODESSA, Mich. – The lucky winner of I-96 Speedway’s Friday the 13th July special goes home with $1,500.The Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying event pays $1,000 to the runner-up and a minimum of $165 to start. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Dirt Works Eastern Region and Michigan State, but not track points will be awarded.Pit gates open at 3:30 p.m., the front gate opens at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 8 p.m. on July 13.Spectator admission is $25 for adults, $ for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $35.The track website is www.I96speedway.com. More information is also available by calling 616 642-0555.last_img read more

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One killed after vehicle hit by train in West Palm Beach

first_imgFriday evening, a person was killed after driving their car was hit by a Virgin Trains USA (formerly Brightline) train, according to West Palm Beach police.Police say a 2008 black Corvette was traveling west and stopped for the train crossing along Avon Road when a southbound train passed and the gate arms remained down.The driver of the vehicle tried to go around the gates and a northbound train crashed into the car, police said.The name of the person killed has not been released at this time.This story is developing.last_img read more

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Biles soars to sixth title at US Gymnastics Championships

first_img(REUTERS) – American Simone Biles reasserted her position as the world’s unrivaled number one gymnast with an amazing winning performance at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, Mo., on Sunday.Biles became the first woman in nearly 70 years to capture six U.S. senior women’s all-around gymnastics titles – matching Clara Schroth Lomady, who won her sixth in 1952.Biles marked the occasion by becoming the first woman to attempt and land a triple-twisting, double back maneuver during her floor routine.Bile was, however, not quite content even with that unprecedented move.“It was a lot better. It wasn’t as good as in some of the trainings,” Biles told reporters.“I’m just happy that I landed it because I feel like after night one my confidence got shot down. So I was really worried about it going into today, that’s all I could worry about. So I was really happy.”Four-times Olympic gold medalist Biles, who will head to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as the prohibitive favourite, finished with a total score of 118.500 to beat Sunisa Lee (113.550) and Grace McCallum (111.850).“I feel like each (title) gets better and better,” she said. “Because it’s like the fifth and, then, the sixth, so it just keeps getting more exciting.”last_img read more

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AFCON 2017: Cameroon Shocks Ghana 2-0 to Reach Final

first_imgBut hopes of a Ghana come-back faded when Bassogog dashed away to clinch the second goal in the third minute of added time to seal Cameroon’s secured berth in the final. The victory sparked wild celebrations in the Lions’ den.The Black Stars, who have still never beaten Cameroon at the competition, will now go to Port-Gentil for a third-place play-off against Burkina Faso on Saturday.Just as in their quarterfinal win against DR Congo, the Ghanaians were once again without Asamoah Gyan at kick-off as their captain struggled to shake off a groin injury.In his absence, the Black Stars were second best for most of the first half and the Cameroonians were unfortunate not to be in front after a lively start to the match.Adolphe Teikeu saw his header from a Benjamin Moukandjo corner cleared off the line by Harrison Afful and Razak had to get down to save when Robert Ndip Tambe swept a Moukandjo cross towards goal.Moukandjo, the France-based captain of this inexperienced Cameroon side, also headed onto the roof of the net as the Ghanaians weathered the storm.With Andre Ayew struggling to get into the game from his position on the left flank, Avram Grant’s side made little impression going forward until five minutes before half-time.That was when Christian Atsu’s pass into the box split the Cameroonian defence and found Jordan Ayew, whose shot from a tight angle whistled just wide of Fabrice Ondoa’s far post.In a reversal of roles, Black Stars were the better team at the start of the second half with the lightning quick winger Atsu their main source of danger.When one of his runs was illegally halted outside the area, Mubarak Wakaso whipped in the resulting free-kick and Ondoa flew high to his right to turn the ball behind.The Indomitable Lions steadied themselves and got the breakthrough from a set-piece of their own, the goal Cameroon’s first in almost five hours since Ngadeu netted the winner against Guinea-Bissau in the group stage.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeIn what appears a repeat of the 2008 semifinal clash, Cameroon again stopped Ghana’s Black Stars from reaching the final of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon. Indomitable Lions’ Michael Ngadeu and Christian Bassogog both scored second half goals as Cameroon won 2-0 to set up final clash with Pharaohs of Egypt in Libreville on Sunday.And so, Ghana’s trophy drought continued in the continental football show piece they last won in Libya in 1982. The defeat to the Cameroonians is Black Stars’ sixth consecutive AFCON semi-final loss. Ghana dominated the encounter but had no goal to show for the beautiful played characterized with too many misses.In the 72nd minute Black Stars’ goalkeeper, Razak Brimah, failed to deal with a free-kick into his area and John Boye’s weak defensive header merely served as an assist for Ngadeu to control and fire home for the opening goal for the hungry Lions.last_img read more

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Frustration takes toll on Wisconsin during loss

first_imgMATT FLEMING/Herald photoEAST LANSING, Mich. — It wouldn’t be a stretch, in light of the University of Wisconsin football team’s fifth loss in six Big Ten Conference games, to conclude that frustration is at its peak for anybody involved with the program.At no point during the seniors’ careers have they been below .500 for the season; this will be the second week in the last three they have to live with that distinction.Following a 25-24 loss to No. 18 Michigan State, senior right guard Kraig Urbik entered the visitors’ media trailer. After waiting 90 seconds or so and having no reporters approach him to ask questions, Urbik shook his head, muttered, “All right, nice talking to you all,” and left the area in a huff.Urbik is one of UW’s four captains and one of the longest tenured — and usually most mature — leaders of this team. The fact that he’s reached his boiling point says something about the mental and emotional makeup of everybody on the roster.Twelve penalties (one short of a school record) for 121 yards were a primary reason — arguably, the only reason — UW couldn’t leave East Lansing with a two-game winning streak and a revived season.Wisconsin’s second-to-last penalty hurt the most; on a 3rd-and-1 with two minutes to go, tailback John Clay broke off a long run on what would have been the game-clinching first down. But a holding call on center John Moffitt brought it back, giving MSU a chance for a comeback.“Penalties are part of the game, but those get you beat,” UW wide receiver David Gilreath said. “Especially when it’s on 3rd-and-3, little things like that. I don’t want to say we are undisciplined, but I guess the penalties kind of show that we are.”Wisconsin did everything else right.The Badgers were plus-256 rushing yards and plus-118 in total yards, had three sacks and allowed only one, were better on third-down conversions, held the ball for 32:38 (against the best time-of-possession team in the Big Ten) and for once didn’t let turnovers get in the way (each team just had one lost fumble and no interceptions).But Gilreath said it best: As much as this team would like to consider itself smart, disciplined and fundamentally-sound — you know, all the things UW was during that oh-so-long-ago 12-1 season of 2006 — those penalties tell a different story.Urbik’s outburst tells part of that story. But what UW head coach Bret Bielema did early in the fourth quarter might offer a broader representation of why this team commits 12 penalties in one game, why it blows 19-point halftime leads against subpar opponents, and how it went from class to crass in the Big Ten.After tailback John Clay ran for a 32-yard touchdown to give UW a 24-13 lead, the defense was flagged for a “delay of game” when it reportedly took the field too early on the ensuing kickoff return. Bielema said in his postgame press conference that the sideline official, Mike Delce, told him that safety Jay Valai inadvertently bumped into Delce on his way out to the field.At that point, Bielema lost his cool at Delce, who was involved with an earlier altercation involving a controversial Wisconsin replay challenge that Bielema claimed he didn’t ask for.Bielema said he told the official he “wasn’t really doing a good job.” Of course, Bielema did not detail the particulars of what flew out of his mouth, but it was enough to tag on another 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct, something Bielema said he’s never experienced as a coach.With a shortened field, Michigan State went on to score a touchdown at the end of that drive. In the light of such a rare penalty incurred by their coach, the Badgers never could recover, and were left with its most excruciating defeat in a season of, well, excruciating defeats.Bielema has said in the past that a team’s mental makeup is a product of its coach. To his credit, he took accountability for the most costly mistake he’s ever made as a head coach.“I told our guys after the game, first off, I apologize for losing a 15-yard penalty myself,” Bielema said. “We had done certain things during the course of the game that we just can’t overcome. That begins with the attitude that I took to get that personal foul on our bench after the 5-yard penalty on us.”last_img read more

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What do you miss?

first_imgSolochek:?After this weekend’s spring football game, we will enter a strange void in collegiate athletics that many other schools don’t experience.While most universities have a baseball team to appease their appetites during the first few months of spring, at Wisconsin, we must look onto the next thing, which is football season.The spring football game only gives us a taste of the football season we have known to come to love in the fall. The game day atmosphere, the rush walking into Camp Randall and the sounds of a football Saturday are unparalleled and sorely missed during the dog days of summer when we cannot get our fill of Badger sports.Sure, many may long for basketball season, but when the Grateful Red first congregates at the Kohl Center, it means winter is approaching, a season we dread as much as losing the Paul Bunyan’s axe to our neighbors to the north.But the rivalries and traditions football brings are unparalleled. No other sport has a following that football has. Many people make a day out of a football Saturday, while most other sports on campus take up a few hours. There is no other event that requires as much preparation, whether it be cooking or otherwise, than football.?As the professional baseball season begins, we must remember the first game day is just a few months away and will be the most anticipated event on campus this fall.Braun:?Ben, I like football as much as anybody, but when the grass is green and the birds are chirping, somehow, I miss the ice.Well not really. I wouldn’t exactly call myself a cold climate guy, but when it comes to sports I wish were still around right now, call me Iceman.The Wisconsin men’s hockey team playing through adversity all year long was a thrill to watch game after game. NHL-bound defenseman Jamie McBain dazzled throughout the entire season, and we saw a team go from the cellar of the WCHA to a near miraculous comeback into the NCAA Tournament.That was great, but don’t forget the women.Possibly the best team in Wisconsin history, the UW women’s hockey team dominated everybody. They didn’t face adversity like the men did, but who cares? When you win the national championship, I think that makes up for the lack of competition.Senior goaltender Jessie Vetter swept pretty much every award, including the Patty Kazmaier, which makes her the best player in women’s hockey.Seriously, when was the last time we had the best player in any sport? Oh yeah, Ron Dayne. In the year 1999. If you want to talk about football, then those are the years I miss, not this past year’s excuse of a football team.So the spring football game is right around the corner, but while we might long for the hours of pre-noon drinking and slow motion wave, just remember what we’re actually missing — success. That’s hockey, and that’s something I can’t wait for.?last_img read more

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After 5 straight losses, Syracuse beats Navy in home opener

first_img Published on January 28, 2013 at 12:21 am Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Syracuse finally had a match tilted in its favor. After suffering five losses to open the season, all of them on the road, the Orange returned home and managed to pull out its first win of the season.Four of Syracuse’s five previous opponents were ranked, including now-No. 4 Southern California. Against Navy on Sunday, the Orange took advantage of playing arguably its easiest opponent so far.“We’ve got to start winning some of those close matches,” SU head coach Luke Jensen said. “We’ve lost them so far early in the season. This is a good change of pace.”The Orange jumped out to a quick start by winning the doubles point to start the match. Syracuse (1-5, 0-1 Big East) swept the Midshipmen (2-3) in all three of its doubles matches to pick up the early lead. It was the first time the Orange won the doubles point all season. From there, Syracuse cruised in singles play to pick up the 6-1 win at Drumlins.Maddie Kobelt and Aleah Marrow won their match quickly 8-2.  They had only a few minutes off before they had to be back on the court for singles play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMarrow struggled a bit early on against Noelle Kaufmann, but battled to a 6-4 win in the first set. From there the junior raced to the win, posting a 6-0 second set.“I felt a little bit more comfortable,” said Marrow of her second set. “I went for my shots a little bit more and stayed focused for every point.”Kobelt, who was playing No. 1 singles, lost the first set 4-6. She bounced back to win the second 6-3, and then won the tie-breaker 10-6 against Emani Decquir.“In the second set I cleaned up my errors,” Kobelt said. “I really dug down and tried to work the point more and put myself on the offensive.”Sophomore Breanna Bachini, who’s had injuries plague her time at SU, took advantage of her opportunity Sunday.Bachini was the first to complete her singles match, beating Navy’s Sam Droop 6-1, 6-0.“She’s always played dinged up,” Jensen said. “She’s sometimes had to serve underhand. At one time her leg was all messed up. So she’s now finally playing injury-free. She’s a tremendous competitor. A great athlete.”Syracuse’s only loss on the day came from freshman Sophia Dzulynsky. She won the first set 6-2 against Logan Antill, but lost the second 2-6, and the third 1-6.Jensen said he was happy with the turnout for his team’s first home match of the season, even with the early 9 a.m. start time.“To see the crowd the way it is, it’s starting to become an atmosphere that we’re really proud of,” Jensen said. “Once we establish that, we can kind of build off of it.”Though Syracuse won its first match of the season, Marrow said the Orange still has a long way to go before it’s where it can win consistently. Syracuse has the chance to continue to improve at home with its next three matches at Drumlins.“It feels good (to get a win),” Marrow said. “But it’s not a relief. We still have a long ways to go. We need to improve. We got the win but we still need to do better.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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